The BNP PARIBAS Real Estate Retail Focus q3 report shows vacancy rates declining in all areas of the UK to 12.9% overall. Footfall continues to decline, although at a slower rate than previously. So, even though fewer of us are shopping, we are shopping more and in more places! Retail property continues to be of interest, and the decline of the shop may be seriously exaggerated, although the role of the shop has definitely changed.